This article sheds light on an apparent paradox: Managers continue to accept offers of international assignments even though they tend to view them as a risky career move. Based on a review of the literature and a survey of expatriate managers of 20 French and 30 German companies on assignment in 59 countries, the article examines the nature of the expatriate career concept, the career development implications of international assignments, and the effectiveness of corporate expatriate career management and repatriation systems.
STAHL, G.K. and CERDIN, J.L. (2004). Global Careers in French and German Multinational Corporations. Journal of Management Development, pp. 885-902.